LAKHIMPUR: Two young innovators from the Lakhimpur district will represent Assam with their innovative project in Indian Young Innovators and Inventors Challenge (IYIIC), a national-level event to be held on May 27 and May 28 at Sigma Group of Institute in Vadodara, Gujarat.
This event, for the focus of outstanding innovations of the young innovators of the nation, has been organized by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. These two promising innovators of the district are Upasana Boruah (Group leader) and Oli Chabukdhara (co-worker) who are the students of HS first year at the Kherajkhat Senior Secondary School. Upasana is the daughter of Late Sailen Baruah and Nikunja Baruah, residents of Shantipur village under the Bhogpur area, while Oli is the daughter of Brojen Chabukdhora and Padum Chabukdhora, residents of the Dhalpur area of the district.
In the national level event, the innovators will present their innovative project named 'Molasses from 'Bhim' Banana' under the Food and Nutrition (Supplements/Diet) sub-theme. Post-Graduate Teacher (PGT) of English at Kherajkhat Senior Secondary School, Jajnoram Borah will take part in the event as mentor of the two innovators.
It may be mentioned here that Upasana and Oli have innovated a process to produce molasses from the Bhim banana which is locally known as 'Bhim kol'. Scientifically known as musa balbisiana, Bhim banana is a kind of banana plant the fruits of which are generally bigger than that of other banana species. This plant is easily available in the rural areas across the State. Bhim bananas are rich in essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium manganese, magnesium, iron, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin 'A', vitamin 'B' and vitamin 'C' etc. As such, the molasses made out of the Bhim banana is full of nutrients according to the innovators. On April 21, Upasana and Oli joined the regional level competition organized by IYIIC covering Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. In the competition, Upasana and Oli managed to be selected to take part in the national-level event. Their project is one of the most prominent projects among the 17 projects selected from other States of the nation for the event. On May 25, the two innovators with their mentor will set out for Gujarat to take part in the event.